Our Mission: Women Do News works to raise the visibility of women journalists by increasing the quantity and enhancing the quality of their Wikipedia entries.
Why it matters: Visibility on Wikipedia is paramount in driving gender parity in journalism leadership. Presently, fewer than 20% of Wikipedia biographies are females and this imbalance extends to women in journalism, negatively impacting the perception about their contributions to the field.
Background: Women journalists are underrepresented on Wikipedia, one of the most-visited English language websites in the world. This leads to issues related to safety, credibility, recognition, and income. The Women Do News project grew out of a 2019 cohort of journalists participating in Take The Lead, a leadership training program co-founded by Gloria Feldt. It has since evolved to partner with other allies at universities and journalism groups to identify worthy women journalists for biographies, train editors, and add Wikipedia entries to even the playing field on this important platform. We are now part of a nonprofit, Bay City News Foundation, to support this work. Help us if you can.
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Women Do News is in the news…
Angilee Shah, one of the founders of Women Do News, recently wrote a blog post about our Wikipedia effort for “The Cohort,” Poynter’s newsletter for women in media. Read about how on one of the most visited websites in the world — arguably the most visited site that is not a search engine, social media…Keep reading
“It’s All About News: the brocoli of media-focused podcasts” recently featured Women Do News. Listen to learn about how more could be done to help ensure that women claim their rightful place on Wikipedia. Angilee Shah and Jareen Imam, two of the founders of the campaign, talk with host Michael O’Connell.Keep reading
Andrew Lih created this quick visualization of allS the women in Wikidata that are flagged as being part of WikiProject Women Do News, showing their occupation, schooling and employer to see if there were some patterns. Some interesting things come up, and also give us a map for how to fill in some of the…Keep reading